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Hugh Cairns: Home inspections improved

It is a given that inspecting a home is a complex task that requires a unique blend of training and experience, and as a response, it was only some four-and-a-half-years ago that British Columbia was the first province to license and regulate home inspectors. The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (BC) was instrumental in the push for regulation of the industry. Amazingly, BC is still one of only two provinces in Canada doing so today.

All BC practicing home and property inspectors must now be licensed through Consumer Protection BC (CPBC), responsible for licensing and administering of regulations for home inspectors. The CPBC oversees four different home inspection industry association groups. They all have different standards to assess inspectors’ qualifications for membership. What that means is consumers may unknowingly be hiring a home inspector who is licensed, but has less field experience or academic training than one from another association. These differences are considered substantial enough to worry home inspection professionals and certainly the consumer.

In order to improve the 2009 and level the playing field the regulatory model for consumers, in June 2013, Minister Rich Coleman was directed to “implement a new home-inspector accreditation [system] to ensure consumers buying a home can be assured that their inspector is qualified and trained to help them purchase the largest investment in their lives.”

To that end, it’s nice to see forward movement from the government. The B.C. Government is asking for input on an improved regulatory model for home inspectors. Two online surveys are available until December 20th; one for consumer opinions, one for home inspection professionals. Feedback received through the surveys will help inform changes to the regulatory model.

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About the Author

When you need advice or guidance with for DIY home improvement and repairs, Hugh Cairns can help you with the answers.

Home improvements can be rewarding and turn your home a nicer comfortable place to live and increase its value. Whether you are renovating your kitchen, converting a loft, giving a room a lick of paint or making improvements to your home’s energy efficiency this column is here to guide you with some useful information and key things to remember.

Do you have a renovation question or concern? Please feel free to send Hugh your questions. Contact him through

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